Jack Sullivan 

Updated Fall, 2016

Biology 483 - Mammalogy


Some Greek & Latin Word Roots.


Lecture 1. Introduction to Mammals. Notes Slides.

Reeder et al. (2007).

Lecture 2. Origin of Mammals. Notes Slides.

Luo et al. (2002). A landmark paper on Cynodont phylogeny.

Rowe (1988). The argument for a crown-group definition of Mammalia.

Luo et al. (2015). A recent phylogeny of the late cynodonts.

Ruta et al. (2013). A recent paper that uses my preferred definition of Mammalia.

O'Leary et al. (2013). This paper argues that placental mammals did not radiate until after the dinosaur extinction at the end of the Cretaceous. (I think they're wrong, and the reasons are presented here and here.)

McNab (1978). The rationale for the Size Refugium Hypothesis on the evolution of endothermy.

Lecture 3. Mammalian Diversity: Mesozoic Mammals and Monotremes. Notes Slides.

Hu et al. (2005).

Luo (2007).

Rich et. al (1997).

Luo et. al (2011).

Lecture 4A. Mammalian Diversity: Metatheria. Notes Slides.

Lecture 4B. Mammalian Diversity: Eutheria. Notes Slides.

Lecture 5. Disparity in Diversity. Notes Slides.

Cooper & Steppan (2010). A quantitative test of the constraints on Metatherian front limbs.

Lavialle et.al (2013). Evidence that the formation of the sycytio-trophoblast is mediated by genes acquired from endogenous retrovirus.

Lecture 6. Dentition. Notes Slides.

Lecture 7. The Nature of Mammalian Species. Notes Slides.

Hoisington-Lopez et al. (2012). A paper that discusses species delimitation in cases of allopatry.

Sullivan et al. (2014). A review of rampant mtDNA introgression in chipmunks.

Lecture 8. Evolution of Ear Ossicles. Notes Slides.

Meng et al. (2011). Documents migration of malleus and incus off the jaw in a triconodont.

Takechi & Kuratani (2010). A good review of the evolution of mammalian ear ossicles and homologies across vertebrates.

Lecture 9. Locomotion I: Flight. Notes Slides.

Lecture 10. Locomotion II: Functional Morphology. Notes Slides.

Lecture 11: Locomotion III - Types and Adaptations. Notes Slides.

Domning (2001). This paper describes a transitional sirenian.

Rybczynski et al. (2009). This paper describes a transitional pinniped carnivoran.

Lab Handouts

Lab 1. Mammalian Anatomy.

Lab 2. Monotremes, Marsupials, Xenarthra, Insectivora.

Lab 3. Systematics.

Lab 4. Chiroptera, Primates, Scandentia.

Lab 5. Rodents I: Hystricomorpha, Sciuromorpha.

Lab 6. Rodents II: Castorimorpha, Myomorpha.

Lab 7. Population Biology.

Study Guide for Lab Midterm.

Old Exams

Exam 1.

Study Guide for Eutherian Orders.